How Hard Can It Be?: A Novel
From the author of I Don’t Know How She Does It, which sold a breathtaking four million copies worldwide. Critics are calling Pearson’s sequel better than the original. (This never happens!) The story picks up seven years later, with our heroine Kate Reddy staring down her 50th birthday—and she doesn’t like what she sees. The intervening years haven’t been kind: her husband lost his job and proceeded to have an inconvenient midlife crisis, she’s struggling with her work and caring for aging relatives, and she’s currently doing damage control on her 16-year-old’s “belfie” (that’s a selfie of your bum, and her daughter’s belfie went viral). But the Reddys are broke, so Kate needs to go back to work—even though a terrible job interview makes it clear she’s aged out of her field. Antics ensue. Perfect for Sophie Kinsella fans.
Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called “the definitive social comedy of working motherhood” (The Washington Post) and “a hysterical look—in both the laughing and crying senses of the world—at the life of Supermom” (The New York Times), I Don’t Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate’s story became “the national anthem for working mothers.”
Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”
Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?